2021 Volkswagen Jetta Trim Levels


Delivering luxury-grade comfort to match its turbocharged attitude, the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta proves to be a perfect companion for exploring Littleton, Parker, and Castle Rock, CO. To help determine which of its five trim levels best matches your on-the-go lifestyle, McDonald Volkswagen created this VW Jetta trim levels comparison.

Keep reading to learn more about what this legendary sedan has to offer. Afterwards, we’re sure you’ll be eager to schedule a test drive!

VW Jetta S Black

VW Jetta S

Starting off the lineup, the VW Jetta S comes equipped with a 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which outputs 147 horsepower and 184.4 lb-ft of torque. With so much power in its belly, this sedan charges forward with gusto while remaining light on its feet, thanks to its compact and aerodynamic design.

The Jetta S also goes the distance, delivering an EPA-estimated 30 city/41 highway MPG rating.*

To help your car shine brighter, the S trim supplies automatic LED headlights and taillights. Inside its expansive cabin, drivers and passengers will love its wealth of easy-to-use tech, including…

  • Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect: On the 6.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display, you can link your smartphone to have access to your favorite compatible apps, like music streaming or navigation.
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™: The more fun, the better! With these two integration systems, you can bop to your current playlist, listen to a mystery audiobook, or laugh along to a comedy podcast.

Safety Matters

To help keep you and your occupants safe, this sedan offers a variety of standard safety features, including…

  • Rear View Camera System: This backup camera can be extremely useful when navigating out of parking spots or driveways in reverse. You’ll be able to see any objects in your reversal path.
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System: When you’re involved in an accident, you need a vehicle that helps you avoid additional accidents post-collision. This feature automatically applies the brakes after a collision to help avoid more potential damage.
  • Intelligent Crash Response System: During certain collisions, this system can be activated. When it is enabled, it will automatically shut off the fuel pump, unlock all the doors, and turn on your car’s hazard lights.

White VW Jetta SE

VW Jetta SE

Moving up a level, the SE supplies the same performance specs as the S trim. The SE trim also adds an extra touch of luxury by including a panoramic sunroof.

On those especially chilly mornings, the Climatronic® dual-zone automatic climate control system maintains the perfect atmosphere. Rounding things out, SE drivers will also have a leatherette-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces, and keyless entry.

Let the Good Times Roll

The SE trim also welcomes a slew of active safety features that were only available as a package for the base trim. The following driver-assistance features come standard in this vehicle…

  • Front Assist: This feature includes Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking. Both of these systems can help you avoid front-end collisions by providing acoustic and visual warnings.
  • Blind Spot Monitor: Highway driving is a breeze with this intuitive feature. Before you switch lanes, this system will use its radar to check adjacent lanes. You’ll know it’s all clear to merge when the indicator light goes out in your side mirror.
  • Rear Traffic Alert System: This feature has your back when it comes to backing up. By using a camera, this system will be able to watch out for any vehicles or objects coming from your left or right. If necessary, it can apply the brakes if you don’t see the warning.

Red VW Jetta R-Line

VW Jetta R-Line

Racing-inspired without sacrificing comfort, the R-Line trim bumps up its wheel size to 17 inches to match its sportier appearance. It’s also the only trim level to include the VW XDS® Cross Differential System, so you can take on sharp corners with improved traction.

The R-Line employs V-Tex leatherette seating, as well. Besides this soft-touch material, the interior of the cabin is decked out in sporty designs with an R-Line badge on the steering wheel.

Silver VW Jetta SEL

VW Jetta SEL

Taking a distinct turn toward luxury, the SEL trim level brings a nice mix of high-end performance with premium interior amenities.

Most noticeable is the appearance of the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. It displays information on speed, fuel economy, travel time, and more right on its 10-inch digital display. Your next weekend road trip just got a whole lot more streamlined.

To help keep everyone entertained, the SEL supplies extra USB ports, SiriusXM®, and an available 9-speaker BeatsAudio® system. To match your mojo, the SEL equips a 10-color LED ambient lighting system, which works hand-in-hand with the Driving Mode Selection feature. You’ll be able to experience these lighting colors:

  • In the Normal drive mode, you’ll experience indirect white light to add comfort to your drive.
  • In Sport mode, a fiery red light will signal use of this driving profile.
  • In Eco mode, you’ll be sitting a blue environment as serene as the ocean.
  • In Manual or Custom mode, you can set the color to whatever fits your current mood.

More Safety? No Problem!

With the introduction of the SEL trim, you’ll be able to experience even more safety measures. Alongside all of the previous features, these systems will be standard on this trim and the highest trim…

  • Lane Keeping System: Using a special algorithm, this system notices when you’re straying out of your intended lane. This Lane Assist feature can help provide counter steering to keep you on the right path.
  • High Beam Control: On dark, poorly lit roads, this system can automatically toggle your vehicle’s high beams to improve your visibility. When another car is heading your way on the other side of the road, it can automatically turn them off.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: With a radar at the front of the sedan, this feature can maintain a set speed and distance from the vehicle in front of you.

Blue  VW Jetta SEL Premium

VW Jetta SEL Premium

Topping the list, the SEL Premium outfits its cabin with soft leather ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, and an 8-inch touchscreen display with a built-in navigation system.

Designed for taking the long way home, the SEL bumps its comfort level into overdrive by also adding a 6-way power-adjustable driver seat with memory settings and lumbar support.

Learn More About Our VW Jetta Trim Levels

If, after reading our brief comparison, you think that the 2021 VW Jetta might be a great fit, contact the team at McDonald Volkswagen today! We’ll be happy to answer all your questions and set you up with a test drive near Littleton, Parker, and Castle Rock, Colorado.



*30 city/41 highway MPG (2021 Jetta 1.4L, 6-speed manual transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

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